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The biggest change from regional to elite racing, I noticed was the sheer speed. Straight away we were sprinting flat out for the first corner and fighting fiercely for the best positions. In retrospect, I wasn’t really ready for such an ‘aggressive’ start and the next time I looked up for air I was already pretty far back in the ranks of riders.

The course was challenging with lots of off camber turns and a rooty, wooded section which certainly slowed me down (even if it didn’t seem to affect Annie Simpson et al!). I got around incident-free and was pleased to survive my first elite race. I now have a pretty good idea of what I need to work on to be more competitive in the elite ranks.

So, for now, it’s onwards and upwards!

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ALICE’S PROGRESS: Racing starts and Alice faces the best in the UK - Cyclocrossrider

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Love Helen and Stef!

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Katherine Compton wins Cyclo-Cross World Cup 1/6 - Valkenburg, Netherlands

Highlights of the first round of the 2014/15 Cyclocross World Cup - Caubergcross in Valkenburg. Superb coverage, thanks UCI!

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Elite Women’s Race | 2014 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup | Valkenburg, Netherlands

Full English-language replay of the first round of the 2014/15 Cyclocross World Cup - Caubergcross in Valkenburg. Superb coverage, thanks UCI!

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Videos, news, blogs and more, from the week in women’s road, track, MTB, BMX and cyclocross.

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2014/15 UCI Cyclo-Cross WC TeaserClip - Valkenburg

On Sunday 19th October it’s the first round of the 2014/15 CX World Cup, the Caubergcross in Valkenburg. There’s going to be a UCI English-speaking livestream of the women’s race, from 13:20 Euro CEST/12:20pm UK BST/7:30am USA Eastern and 10:30pm Aussie Sydney/Melbourne time - here’s the feed.

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Podcast special feature 45: Sarah interviews Helen Wyman

I podcast-interviewed cyclocross legend Helen Wyman - we talked a lot, so this is Part 1, on the difference between USA and European cyclocross, why women’s CX is the next great opportunity for sponsors, how CX riders get paid, and much more.

Click through to my blog for all the links to things we talked about

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My guide to watching and following the women’s European cyclocross - some of it’s live!

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A Marriage of European and American Cyclocross: Elle Anderson’s 2015 Guerciotti Lembeek Disc, Pro Bike Profile - Cyclocross Magazine 

Click through for lots of details and a gallery of photos
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"Sophie de Boer crosses the finish line first at Ronse. After a few solid performances in the past few weeks, this was the biggest win of her career so far." - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos - click through for more great photos

Bpost Bank Trofee 2014/#1 - GP Mario de Clercq, Ronse

1.  Sophie de Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF, 0:47:14
2.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 00:07
3.   Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Decock-Woningbouw Vandekerckhove, + 00:16
4.   Ellen van Loy (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea, + 00:20
5.   Ellen Anderson (USA) Kala-NNOF, + 01:17
6.   Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek KMC, + 01:43
7.   Aida Nuno Palacio (Esp) + 02:05
8.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) VZW Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:18
9.   Nikki Harris (GBr) VZW Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:34
10. Karen Verhestreten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat, + 02:36

Full results

"Sophie de Boer crosses the finish line first at Ronse. After a few solid performances in the past few weeks, this was the biggest win of her career so far." - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos - click through for more great photos

Bpost Bank Trofee 2014/#1 - GP Mario de Clercq, Ronse

1. Sophie de Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF, 0:47:14
2. Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 00:07
3. Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Decock-Woningbouw Vandekerckhove, + 00:16
4. Ellen van Loy (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea, + 00:20
5. Ellen Anderson (USA) Kala-NNOF, + 01:17
6. Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek KMC, + 01:43
7. Aida Nuno Palacio (Esp) + 02:05
8. Pavla Havlikova (Cze) VZW Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:18
9. Nikki Harris (GBr) VZW Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:34
10. Karen Verhestreten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat, + 02:36

Full results

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"Not long before the race, I talked the Stef Wyman, Helen’s husband how she was feeling. He was trying to downplay her chances and said that she wasn’t feeling strong – she still managed to finish second." - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos - click through for more great photos

"Not long before the race, I talked the Stef Wyman, Helen’s husband how she was feeling. He was trying to downplay her chances and said that she wasn’t feeling strong – she still managed to finish second." - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos - click through for more great photos

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"This was probably the only wobble for Sophie de Boer. She positioned herself at the front and took over the lead with three laps to go." - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos - click through for more great photos

"This was probably the only wobble for Sophie de Boer. She positioned herself at the front and took over the lead with three laps to go." - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos - click through for more great photos

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"Nikki Harris had a really strong start but a mechanical prevented her from finishing in the top. “With one and a half laps to go, I had a problem just around here, past the chicane bit, so I had to run all the way to the material zone and I lost around three minutes” said Harris after the race." - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos - click through for great report

"Nikki Harris had a really strong start but a mechanical prevented her from finishing in the top. “With one and a half laps to go, I had a problem just around here, past the chicane bit, so I had to run all the way to the material zone and I lost around three minutes” said Harris after the race." - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos - click through for great report

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"Plaits are all the new rage" - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos

"Plaits are all the new rage" - via Bpost Bank Trofee #1 - Ronse Race Report - cyclephotos